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Merry Christmas & A Happy 2012 Christmas Eve, 2011

Wishing all of Dreamscape's readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit the site and an extra thanks to all who contributed news and much viewed & appreciated photos. Sending extra special thoughts to anyone who is alone this year or missing a loved one, and Season's Greetings too, of course, to Toyah and Robert x

 
Toyah @ Christmas: Once Upon A Christmas Christmas Eve, 2011
Christmas 1996, Toyah contributed a thoughtful recollection of childhood Christmasses to the charity publication 'Once Upon A Christmas'. This book is now out of print.

In this delightful Christmas book, a host of our most popular and well-known celebrities from all walks of life have contributed stories, memories, recipes and thoughts about Christmas to make this the most irresistible festive anthology there is... Once Upon A Christmas will help to put - and keep - you in the Christmas spirit.

Toyah Willcox: Broadcaster and Singer

Childhood Christmasses were the most magical.

It was the appearance of the Christmas tree that cued two weeks of sheer all-encompassing joy. I'm talking about being four years old. Just able to talk but unable to comprehend the hidden meanings of the words of wisdom from the giants, the adults.

My family home, although modest, was a castle to me and everything in it was rare and precious. But the Christmas tree was proof that Narnia, fairies, hobgoblins and fauns truly did exist. For the tree miraculously appeared overnight and it shed such light and a divine perfume. Being small, I could sit under it all evening with the glass baubles dangling in my face.

Christmas was a time that my brother was nice to me. Fighting was not on the agenda, only receiving.

Oh, it was perfect. I was too young to do any washing-up, too small to hoover, too innocent to be blamed when icing was picked off the uncut Christmas cake. In later years my teeth marks gave me away and punishment followed.

In retrospect my parents were miracle-workers. I totally believed in the existence of Father Christmas until an embarrassingly late age. But back then, at two in the morning, my brother would wake me to say Father Christmas had been because there were stockings on our beds, and we'd snuggle up under the blankets with torches, sworn enemies calling a truce on Christmas Day and eat all the chocolate in our heavily laden stockings. I'd boast that I'd heard Father Christmas on the stairs and he'd pooh-pooh the very thought, being five years older than me.

In the morning Mum and Dad would play Hard to Wake Up. We'd take them tea and biscuits in bed, made by my sister Nicola because she was eight years older and could reach the kettle. Then they'd slowly amble downstairs to the door of the lounge which had been locked by Father Christmas and wouldn't be unlocked until he knew we'd been good children. This drove me into a frenzy, because I didn't fully understand the concept of good and if this man could come all the way from Lapland and deliver our presents in one night surely he must be like God and know whether we'd been good or not. This was my first experience of guilt!

Shazam! The door would be ceremoniously opened by my father, and my brother and sister and myself would dive into what seemed a sea of treasures. My parents were unforgettably generous. There'd be a blackboard on an easel, a tricycle, Rupert Bear annuals, punch balls (I was determined to beat my brother in our many fracas), cowboy outfits, Etcha-Sketch, Blue Peter annuals - the list is endless.

Magic does exist and it's invariably performed by those people who keep their children innocent of their hard work, parents!

Christmas, to me, is a place where I wish time itself would stand still and embrace us all, for ever, in that feeling of love, security and happiness.

(Thanks, and a Merry Christmas, to Paul Lomas)
 
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz: Screen Caps 22 December, 2011
Screen caps from The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz. This has been showing on 'Vintage TV' for the last week and there are still numerous opportunities to catch it. The next airing is on Christmas Eve at 6pm and Christmas Day at Midday and 9pm. Please click on the caps for larger versions.

 
Steve Lamacq Show: BBC iPlayer 22 December, 2011
Yesterday's Steve Lamacq 'BBC Radio 6 Music' show, with Toyah guesting, is now available, for the next six days, at 'BBC iPlayer'.

Toyah talks panto in the show's Panto Good Day Bad Day feature (this was Bad Day as Toyah is playing the baddie in Snow White). She also discusses the first single she bought (T Rex's 'Ride A White Swan'), the best gig she attended (David Bowie at Milton Keynes Bowl, 1983), her good day ('A Forest' by The Cure) and bad day ('I Hope There's Someone' by Antony and the Johnsons) records, and next year's The Changeling Resurrection.

Toyah's interview begins approximately 45m in and runs for around seven minutes. Listen
here.
 
Toyah @ Christmas: Pop Goes Christmas 1982 20 December, 2011
Hallelujah Noel... I can't let a Christmas go by without including this... Boxing Day (or Christmas Sunday) 1982: Pop Goes Christmas on ITV. Toyah performs the Greg Lake classic 'I Believe In Father Christmas' with Joel Bogen and Keith Hale looking festive amongst the forest of lit up trees. I love the original but this should maybe also have been released as a single. Fans may not have approved back in 1982 but in retrospect it would have meant Toyah being played on radio and all the digital music channels every December :)

Christmas Sunday: 26th December 1982: ITV/London Weekend Television (LWT)
4:45pm Pop Goes Christmas: Guests; David Essex, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Duran Duran, Mari Wilson & The Wilsations, Musical Youth, Shakin' Stevens, Simon Drake, The Nolans, Toto Coelo, Toyah, Wah!, St. Winifred's School Choir.

 
Toyah @ Christmas: Christmas Day TOTP 1981 20 December, 2011
On Christmas Day 1981 Top Of The Pops included Toyah performing their biggest hit of the year, 'It's A Mystery', with Toyah looking incredible, and incredibly similar to the sleeve of the, recently released, 'Four More From Toyah' EP. Only the night before the band had appeared on The Old Grey Whistle Test, live from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The concert, and this Top Of The Pops appearance, marked the end of an amazingly successful year for Toyah. Definitely a year worth celebrating 30 years later!

 
I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan @ Amazon 20 December, 2011
'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan' is now available to buy at Amazon.com.

A page is also now online at
Amazon.co.uk, though the book can't be ordered just yet.
 
Rare Toyah: Three Photos From 1980 18 December, 2011
There's just a week to go now till Christmas Day... Here's an early pressie, courtesy of the fantastic Andi Westhorpe. Three rare photos of Toyah, looking amazing, from 1980. Please click on the photos for larger versions. (I'd like to dedicate this post to Jack - Thanks again to Andi)

 
Toyah @ Christmas: Toyah's Vintage Christmas 2011 18 December, 2011
Festivelicious screen caps from Toyah's Vintage Christmas, which has been airing on 'Vintage TV' over the past week. There's another eight, yes eight, chances to catch the three-hour festive special between now and Boxing Day. It is next on again tomorrow at 11am and Tuesday at 8pm. The programme is packed full of Christmas music, seasonal trivia and Toyah. What better way could there be to rollercoast towards Christmas Day? Please click on the caps for larger versions.

 
Dreamscape News Archive: November 2011 18 December, 2011
Dreamscape's Toyah news for November 2011 has now been added to our News Archive.

 
Snow White: Newsy Bits & Pieces! 16 December, 2011
Snow White is included in the latest issue of 'All About St Albans' (Autumn to Winter 2011): Panto Fun: This year enjoy Snow White at the Alban Arena (9 December - 1 January). Celebs include pop icon, Toyah Willcox as the Wicked Queen. Read the magazine online here.

• View a great selection of photos from the first performances of the panto, at 'The Aban Arena Facebook',
here. The photos are viewable without a Facebook account.

• View another selection of photos of Toyah, from last week's This Morning panto appearance,
here.

• St Albans City FC: Panto cast visit to St Albans City FC a great success: The cast of this year’s Arena pantomime, including Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs with the Jester and the Henchman, took time out from their busy rehearsal schedule to visit to St Albans City Football Club at Clarence Park. View photos
here (no Toyah unfortunately).
 
Snow White: 'Leighton Buzzard Observer' Review 16 December, 2011
Positive review number seven for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Alban Arena, St Albans.

What a joke... but this panto’s great!

Hi-ho, hi-ho it’s off to the Alban Arena I go... for the obligatory annual family pilgrimage to a local theatre during panto season, writes Steve Sims.

But would the success of Snow White dwarf all other productions I’d seen over the years, or would this be a poisoned apple of a show? Leading this year’s cast in St Albans was singer/TV star Toyah Willcox as the wicked Queen Ivannah.

Toyah’s singing talent is not in question, having had 13 top 40 singles in her career, and with the boos ringing in her ears it was obvious the audience, and indeed the star, were both enjoying every minute as she belted out her songs.

• Read the full review, at 'Leighton Buzzard Observer' website,
here.
 
Toyah On The BBC This Christmas 16 December, 2011
BBC Christmas, "Consider Yourself One Of Us", is now online, and the Christmas 'Radio Times' is out now. Both confirm that once again Toyah is part of the BBC festive schedules, on radio and tv.

Steve Lamacq : BBC Radio 6 Music
Wednesday 21st December : 4.00pm

Toyah Willcox joins Lammo for Panto Good Day Bad Day. Plus he plays some of the best new music around as well as some interesting selections from his home collection.

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip : BBC HD - Friday 30th December : 6.00pm
Episode 4. Tony Blackburn and Toyah Willcox start their journey in the historic town of York.

Original BBC productions, Cash In The Celebrity Attic and Bargain Hunt Famous Finds are also showing on the Watch and Home channels.

 
Snow White: 'Herts Advertiser' Review 16 December, 2011
A comprehensive review of Snow White from 'The Herts Advertiser'.

All White on the Night for Alban Arena Panto

It's not often that a pantomime triumphs on the strength of a multi-layered, post-modern script and a stand-out performance from one of the least-known members of the cast.

But the Alban Arena’s version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs manages to capture the spirit of 1970s BBC light entertainment and inject it with a 21st Century twist, producing a piece of festive theatre which for once entertains the adults just as much as the kids.

Toyah created an interpretation of the wicked Queen Ivannah which actually captured the inherent vanity of an aging beauty slowly losing her looks, and a jealousy of the young which that prompted within her – aided of course by her ever-exemplary vocals belting out a selection of revamped Rolling Stones classics. And in an unbilled cameo (just like those TV Christmas specials of years gone by!), her Magic Mirror was played by none other than Phil Daniels, pre-recorded of course, but a nice unexpected touch nonetheless.

• Read the full review, at 'The Herts Advertiser' website,
here.

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 16 December, 2011
• 'House Of Self Indulgence' added an article on Urgh! A Music War to their website last weekend:

#6 -- Toyah Willcox - "Danced" – Look at her! Fashion: Toyah's jumping jacks and new wave-friendly poses are complimented by one square-shaped earring that was hung on an angle in her right ear, two giant gold bracelets on each arm, and a black mesh top. View here.

• Toyah was interviewed on Friday Focus on 'Radio Verulam' today: John Stephenson interviewed Toyah Willcox and opened by asking her how should he describe her - rock star, TV star, actor, author. Toyah laughed and said she just 'liked working'. View a summary of the interview here. This may be available to listen to soon at 'Radio Verulam' here.

• Toyah is namechecked in an interview, published on Wednesday, with freelance journalist, Paul Cockburn. View
here.

 
BBC Radio 6 Music: Steve Lamacq 16 December, 2011
Toyah will be guesting on The Steve Lamacq Show on 'BBC Radio 6 Music' next Wednesday afternoon.

Steve Lamacq : BBC Radio 6 Music
Wednesday 21st December : 4.00pm

Toyah Willcox joins Lammo for Panto Good Day Bad Day. Plus he plays some of the best new music around as well as some interesting selections from his home collection.

 
Snow White: 'All About St Albans' Review 14 December, 2011
Five stars for Snow White, from 'All About St Albans'. I can't recall any of Toyah's previous pantos being quite so universally praised.

Teatime on a chilly Saturday in December and the Alban Arena was packed with school groups, scouts, beavers and slightly harassed parents awaiting this year's production of Snow White.

Part-way through the first act, when a slightly restrained audience isn't fulfilling the expected 'he's behind you!' role to Bob Golding's character – Herman the Henchman's satisfaction, he ad-libs the immortal line, “Ladies and Gents, it's not Chekhov, it's panto!”. If you're over twelve then this is the mindset you have to adopt when panto season comes round.

Veteran performer Toyah Willcox revels in being the classic baddie as Wicked Queen Ivannah, expertly delivering her own take on Rolling Stones' tracks 'Sympathy for the Devil' and 'Paint it Black'. Phil Daniels also makes an un-credited appearance as the Queen's Magic Mirror.

• Read the full review, at the 'All About St Albans' website,
here.
 
Snow White: Toyah/Wicked Queen Photos 14 December, 2011
Photos of Toyah as the Wicked Queen Ivannah from Snow White. (All photos The Alban Arena)

 
Snow White: Performance/Cast Photos 14 December, 2011
Photos from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Alban Arena, St Albans. It certainly looks like a lavish production. (All photos The Alban Arena)

 
Snow White: 'Ealing Times' Review 13 December, 2011
Another four star review for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, from the 'Ealing Times'. Show/ticket info for Toyah's 2011 panto here.

You can always rely on The Alban Arena to present a cracking pantomime and this year’s offering - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Toyah Willcox and Phil 'Mister Maker’ Gallagher - is yet another excellent show to add to the list.

Written by Paul Hendy and directed by Pip Minnithorpe, it’s a noisy, rumbustious affair with plenty of all the elements that make panto unique – a top-notch baddie, beautiful princess, handsome prince and a couple of hapless sidekicks.

Toyah Willcox was suitably scary – possibly even a little too scary – as the wicked queen and clearly revelled in the role.

• Read the full review, at the 'Ealing Times' website,
here.
 
Snow White: 'The British Theatre Guide' Review 13 December, 2011
Yet more praise for Toyah's panto, from 'The British Theatre Guide'.

Female-led narratives can often lack the drive of their male counterparts due to the plot concentrating on matters of the heart. However at the Alban Arena, Snow White zips along at a great pace brimming with energy thanks to a strong script from Paul Hendy and skilful comic performances from Bob Golding and Phil Gallagher as Herman the Henchman and Muddles.

Meddling in their affairs and wanting to dispose of Snow White to be re-crowned the fairest in the land, Toyah Willcox’s Wicked Queen struts across the stage, full of venom and ready to pounce on any unsuspecting man. Her wicked ways have the audience booing throughout and Willcox’s musical numbers enable her to release her inner rock-chick courtesy of musical direction from Michael Roulston.

• Read the full review, at 'The British Theatre Guide' website,
here.
 
St Albans CDC: Come To The Mayor’s Carol Concert 13 December, 2011
The Mayor Cllr Aislinn Lee invites you to join her and the Deputy Mayor Cllr Geoff Harrison for traditional Christmas carols outside the Alban Arena on Sunday 18 December from 4pm until approximately 4.45pm.

The event will be run jointly with Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care who will be inviting people to take time out of the busy build up to Christmas to “Light Up a Life” to remember friends or loved ones who are no longer with us. All the funds collected will go to the hospice.

• Toyah attended yesterday's launch but there's no indication of whether she will be at the concert next Sunday | View the full report
here.
 
Watford Observer: "My Baddie Is So Vile" 12 December, 2011
A new, panto-themed, interview with Toyah from the 'Watford Observer'.

The opportunity to raise the roof with a riotous performance has never escaped Toyah Willcox, as audiences at The Alban Arena pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will soon see as she takes on the role of the Wicked Queen.

"I let rip whatever I do," Toyah says. "I give 110 per cent, which can be a problem or it can be beneficial. If you’re playing a baddie you need to have the right to bring the darkness in. You have to demonstrate the difference between good and evil; light and darkness.

"I do like the fact I that can scare people. Wanting to be liked, telling jokes or trying not to offend, that’s not for me.

"My baddie is so vile, I’m so horrible to Snow White it makes the audience motivated. If they shout out things like I really hate you, I think, well, I’ve done my job properly then."

• Read the full interview, at the 'Watford Observer' website,
here.
 
Snow White: 'The Stage' Review 12 December, 2011
Another positive review for Snow White in St Albans, from showbiz bible, 'The Stage'.

If traditional pantomime is all about the story, then look no further this Christmas than the Alban Arena for the perfect execution of that ideal. Evolution Productions’ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs cleverly teases its audience with charm and good humour, into a cacophony of delight that threatens to blow the roof off.

Toyah Willcox’s frightening Queen Ivannah belts out bitter songs that juxtapose affably with Bob Golding and Phil Gallagher’s double act of Muddles and Herman.

• Read the full review, at 'The Stage' website,
here.

 
Toyah @ Christmas: The Festive 50 11 December, 2011
Last Christmas Dreamscape compiled the 'Toyah Festive 50'. A tinseltastic half tonne of Yuletide related Toyah facts, figures and trivia. Revisit the full rundown here.

Why was Toyah Scarlett at Christmas? ... Who would be her dream dining companion? ... Just how many town's lights did Toyah switch on at Christmas 2003?... What were Toyah and Tony Robinson doing at Christmas 1988? ... Which other programmes were aired the Christmas Eve night that Toyah's legendary Theatre Royal, Drury Lane concert was watched by millions on BBC2?

 
Toyah's Vintage Christmas Takeover 11 December, 2011
Most of the digital channels have now released their full Christmas TV schedules, including 'Vintage TV'.

The channel could be rebranded 'Toyah TV' for Christmas Eve and Day, with Toyah programmes on screen for a staggering 12 hours this December 24th & 25th!

The two best days of the year just got better!

Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Christmas Eve : 6.00am/7.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Christmas Day : 7.00am

Snuggle down by the fire with the family as punk princess, Toyah Willcox, introduces 30 of the finest Christmas videos of the 20th Century, sprinkled with a generous handful of fun festive facts.

The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Christmas Eve : 6.00pm
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Christmas Day : 12.00pm/9.00pm

Mike Read's 80s hit show Pop Quiz has been revamped for this Vintage TV Christmas Special. Toyah, Geno Washington and Paul Young versus Jay Aston, Nick Heyward and Dave Hill. Who will reign supreme?

 
St Albans People: Toyah Starts The Jingle Bell Jog 11 December, 2011
Toyah Willcox and CBeebies Mister Maker start The Jingle Bell Jog in St Albans

Toyah Willcox and CBeebies Mister Maker started The Jingle Bell Jog in St Albans this morning, Sunday 11th December 2011. The duo, who are currently starring in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs at The Alban Arena, kicked off the Reindeer Run all-age event at 11am. Many families with antlers and flashing red noses took to the streets of St Albans for the 1.5km course.

• Read the full report, at the 'St Albans People' website,
here.
 
Toyah on Christmas TV 11 December, 2011
Toyah is on TV over this Christmas possibly more than she has ever been. There are numerous appearances, both new and old, with drama, interviews, music, film, quizzes and more to help you through the festive season. A retro Cash In The Celebrity Attic, from July 2008, airs this morning on Watch. Click below for the full 'Toyah on Christmas TV' schedule.

 
Snow White: 'What's on Stage' Review 11 December, 2011
A four star review for Toyah's 2011 panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, from 'What's on Stage'.

Disney is all very well, but you need something more – even something different – when confecting a pantomime out of the story of Snow White, her wicked stepmother and the seven little people who succour her before Prince Charming steps forward with the kiss that restores her to life and happiness. Writer Paul Hendy and director Pip Minnithorpe are very well served by their cast and designer Helga Wood in this version of the story. There's a particularly effective walk-down in red Tudor costumes.

Toyah Willcox is Queen Ivannah – we’re definitely in the Balkans, perhaps even in Dracula country – swooping and sweeping across the stage in a dazzling selection of gleaming costumes and gravity-defying headpieces.

• Read the full review, at the 'What's on Stage' website,
here.
 
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz 10 December, 2011
The air date and time for the, revived for Christmas, Pop Quiz has now been confirmed for next Thursday. It will also be shown on Friday (16th December) and a number of other times in the run up to Christmas. The programme has a running time of an hour.

The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV
Thursday 15th December : 8.30pm

Punk princess Toyah Willcox, R&B soul star Geno Washington and 80s teenage pop idol Paul Young versus Bucks Fizz's Jay Aston, Haircut 100's Nick Heyward and Slade's Dave Hill, in Mike Read's revived and revamped Pop Quiz for Vintage TV at Christmas.

Toyah's other 'Vintage TV' Yuletide offering, the (almost) three-hour, Toyah's Vintage Christmas is repeated this evening from 7pm.

Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Saturday 10th December : 7.00pm
Snuggle down by the fire with the family as punk princess, Toyah Willcox, introduces 30 of the finest Christmas videos of the 20th Century, sprinkled with a generous handful of fun festive facts.

 
Toyah Interview Archive: 1987 Interview 10 December, 2011
A transcript of Chris Limb's rare 1987 interview with Toyah, that was recently made available at 'Toyah.org', has now been added to the 'Toyah Willcox Interview Archive' too.

Toyah talks 'Desire', Cabaret, Three Men On A Horse, not being a director and much more.

• Read the full transcript, at Minna's excellent Archive site,
here. Listen to the interview here.
 
This Morning: Screen Captures 09 December, 2011
A few screen caps of the Wicked Queen from This Morning's Big Fat Panto Quiz. As I post this update Toyah's panto has just opened in St Albans. Please click on the caps for larger versions.

 
This Morning: Watch @ ITV Player 09 December, 2011
Today's This Morning is now available to watch online at 'ITV Player' for viewers in the UK. Toyah, in Wicked Queen mode, took part in the programme's Big Fat Panto Quiz alongside Lynda Bellingham, Bonnie Langford, The Krankies and Timmy Mallet!! Toyah appears approximately 30 minutes in... Click below to head back to Christmas in the Eighties :)

Studio filming of The Big Fat Panto Quiz has also just been uploaded to 'You Tube' here.

 
Snow White: Toyah's Wicked December Gets Underway! 09 Dec, 2011
Toyah's panto for Christmas 2011, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, opens this evening at The Alban Arena, St Albans.

A number of the dates have already sold out at the 865 capacity theatre.

The panto runs until 1st January and there are 40 performances in total, including a thigh-slappingly exhaustive three on Thursday 15th December.

This is Toyah's 15th panto (in 16 years) and the fifth time she has played the Wicked Queen/Witch in Snow White.

Toyah's first panto appearance was in the title role of Jack & The Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal, Norwich in 1996. Since then she has played Peter Pan, Aladdin, the Genie, the Bad Fairy and the Wicked Queen in a variety of successful pantomimes across England.

• View further Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs information, show dates & times, and ticket booking details, at The Alban Arena website,
here.

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 09 December, 2011
• Lulu.com are currently running a special Christmas discount offer: 25% off any order (include the code: COUNTDOWNUK305 at checkout). A great reason to buy I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan. The book would make a fantastic Christmas gift for the Toyah fan in your life. Buy it here.

Harpenden People: Record Numbers Turn Out for the Christmas Carnival in Harpenden. View
here.

• Toyah was
tweeting today from This Morning at London Studios: "I'm in the green room with the Crankies, Bonnie Langford and Linda Bellingham...... childhood memories of afternoon TV" and "Said Happy Christmas to Paul O' Grady, Eamon Holmes, Ruth, Gloria Hunniford, Denise Welsh, Andria and the Loose Women".
 
Toyah on This Morning... Today! 09 December, 2011
Toyah guests on today's This Morning, taking part in their Big Fat Panto Quiz, from 11am, with a host of other panto stars. The Wombles are also performing 'Wombling Merry Christmas' to really get you in the festive mood.

UK residents will be available to watch This Morning online at
ITV Player post-broadcast.

This Morning : ITV1 - Friday 9th December : 10.30am (11.30am on ITV1 +1)
 
Toyah's Vintage Christmas: Tonight at 9pm 08 December, 2011
Yipee! Christmas officially gets underway at 9pm... with Toyah's Vintage Christmas!

 
Herts Advertiser 24: Snow White at the Alban Arena 08 December, 2011
A sell-out performance gets the Alban Arena pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs underway when it opens tomorrow night (Friday).

The Arena elves have been dressing the foyer to get it ready for tomorrow’s performance at 7pm with a Witches’ Shack, Castle Walls and a Dwarfs’ Bed full of goodies.

Last year’s pantomime Peter Pan set the record for the highest audience figures and this year is on track to beat it hands down. Snow White stars Toyah Willcox and Mr Maker who have been rehearsing hard for the show which runs until January 1.

Tickets are available from the website on www.alban-arena.co.uk or the box office on 01727 844488.

Legendary celebrity Joan Collins is coming to the Arena next March to share the stories and secrets of her celebrated career. The Dynasty diva, who played Alexis Colby in the soap, is a last-minute booking at 7.45pm on Tuesday, March 13, and will give a glimpse of life as a celebrity.
 
St Albans People: Jingle Bell Jog & Reindeer Run 08 December, 2011
The Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Run take place in St Albans this Sunday, 11th December 2011.

Dozens of locals will get in to the festive spirit as they take to the streets in Santa outfits to take on the 5km Santa Dash. Those not up for the 5km can join in the fun with the 1.5km Reindeer Run, which is open to all ages and even Santa dogs are welcome to join in but they must be kept on leads before, during and after the runs

Both runs will be started by stars from this year's panto at The Alban Arena, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, where 80's pop queen, Toyah Willcox is topping the bill.

• Read the full report, at the 'St Albans People' website,
here.
 
Vintage TV Newsletter: Toyah's Vintage Christmas 08 December, 2011
Toyah's Vintage Christmas premieres tonight on 'Vintage TV'. The channel's December Newsletter has just been mailed out and includes news on, and a small photo from, tonight's special.

Toyah’s Vintage Christmas

Punk princess, Toyah Willcox, introduces 30 of the finest Christmas videos of the 20th Century, sprinkled with a generous handful of fun festive facts. Filmed in John Lewis on Oxford Street, this 3-hour bumper special is a joyful celebration of Christmas pop which will have you smiling from ear to ear. These memorable songs are only played once a year, so make the most of them. It’s perfect family viewing this Christmas.

• You can receive Vintage TV for free on Sky 369 and Freesat 515 in the UK. Unfortunately it isn't available via any other digital TV providers as yet. (Thanks to Michael O'Brien for the newsletter)

Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Thursday 8th December : 9.00pm
Snuggle down by the fire with the family as punk princess, Toyah Willcox, introduces 30 of the finest Christmas videos of the 20th Century, sprinkled with a generous handful of fun festive facts.

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 08 December, 2011
• More wonderful Toyah art by Mark Satchwill: Portrait of Toyah (based on a 1981 photo). Digital, 2011, drawn in Manga Studio and finished in Sketchbook Pro. Visit Mark's blog here.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: New Price rides to Snow White's rescue in St Albans pantomime, View
here.

• View some great photos, of Toyah and Robert at last month's London premiere of The Power Of Three,
here (@ Robert Fripp's online Diary - Thanks to Minna)

Maidenhead Advertiser: Let's Rock the Moor move approved. View
here.

• The full, 100 minute +, Jubilee has just been uploaded to 'You Tube'. I doubt it will be available for long so catch Toyah's audacious and exciting 1978 movie debut, while you can, here.

 
Toyah in Pantoland... AKA St Albans! 07 December, 2011
Toyah is now festively ensconced in Pantoland, currently in rehearsals for Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, which opens this Friday evening at the Alban Arena, St Albans. Toyah tweeted yesterday: "the stage is looking beautiful.....I'm so excited", and the photo below right today. View here.

 
Kitty-Advanced: Forgotten Songs Of The 80s 07 December, 2011
Forgotten Songs of the 80s: If Kate Bush Was Into Sci-Fi & Punk Rock...

She'd totally be the subject of today's entry, Toyah Willcox. Actress, author, singer-songwriter etc. Toyah writes all her own stuff much like Kate Bush does, and has a similar singing style (Toyah loves her some Kate Bush) except that Toyah tends to sometimes trends more to the...well, Sci-Fi fantasy stuff. Angels, Druids, futuristic mine collapses, it's all there.

Wiki has some lyrical explainations. There's far more depth to some of her songs than just say, "Bugs crawling on her". If I really had to pick one song, I'm going with "Danced", a fantastic new-wavey punk thing with some serious sci-fi inspired lyrics and sounds (like that raising pitch "danced" thing she does). That guitar solo at 4:10? Maybe best new wave guitar solo ever.

• Visit the 'Kitty-Advanced' blog here.

 
Toyah @ Christmas: Pop Quiz 1984 07 December, 2011
Toyah guested on the festive edition of Pop Quiz on Christmas Eve 1984. She even kissed host Mike Read under the mistletoe. View the full programme here. Click on the caps for larger versions.

 
The Guardian: Music: The Changeling 07 December, 2011
There's a great new review of 'The Changeling' at 'The Guardian' website.

Surprisingly dark & absorbing album from the 'punk princess' of '82

By 1982 Toyah had risen from the intriguing goth/rock/jazz indie vibe kicked off in 1978, to become a platinum selling 'pop' artist, and had recently taken the Best Female Singer category at the British Rock & Pop Awards...

The album is worth buying for 'The Packt' alone, but with a bit of time and an open mind, you'll fall in love with it as a whole. In April 2012 Toyah is marking this album's 30 years with a brief 'Changeling Resurrection' tour, so there's no better time to get to know what is a much underrated work, which perhaps only the likes of Florence & the Machine could pull off today.

• Read the full review, at 'The Guardian' website,
here.
 
Toyah on Christmas TV & Radio 07 December, 2011
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Thursday 8th December : 9.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Saturday 10th December : 7.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Saturday 17th December : 00.15am
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Monday 19th December : 11.00am
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Tuesday 20th December : 8.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Wednesday 21st December : 2.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Friday 23rd December : 2.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Christmas Eve : 6.00am
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Christmas Eve : 7.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Christmas Day : 7.00am
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Boxing Day : 8.30pm
Snuggle down by the fire with the family as punk princess, Toyah Willcox, introduces 30 of the finest Christmas videos of the 20th Century, sprinkled with a generous handful of fun festive facts.

This Morning : ITV1 - Friday 9th December : 10.30am
Toyah guests, talking about her new panto in St Albans. Also airing on ITV1 +1

The Most Fertile Man In Ireland : Sky Movies Indie - Saturday 10th December : 11.45am
The Most Fertile Man In Ireland : Sky Movies Indie - Tuesday 20th December : 1.15pm

Satirical comedy with Kris Marshall, Kathy Keira Clarke, Bronagh Gallagher, James Nesbitt, Kenneth Cranham, Olivia Nash, Pauline McLynn, Tara Lynne O'Neill, Toyah Willcox, Harry Towb, Marc O'Shea and Paddy McCarney. Also airing on Sky Movies Indie HD.

Cash In The Celebrity Attic : Watch - Sunday 11th December : 10.00am
Cash In The Celebrity Attic : Watch +1 - Sunday 11th December : 11.00am

80s pop icon and actress Toyah Willcox invites the team into her home to raise money for MacMillan nurses. She even gets on the podium herself to sell some of her items.

The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Thursday 15th December : 8.30pm
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Friday 16th December : 11.15pm
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Sunday 18th December : 6.00pm
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Monday 19th December : 9.30pm
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Tuesday 20th December : 10.00am
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Thursday 22nd December : 9.00am
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Christmas Eve : 6.00pm
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Christmas Day : 12.00pm
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Christmas Day : 9.00pm
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Boxing Day : 11.15pm
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Tuesday 27th December : 10.00am
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Tuesday 27th December : 11.00pm
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Wednesday 28th December : 9.00am
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Wednesday 28th December : 10.30pm
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Thursday 29th December : 10.00am
The Vintage Christmas Pop Quiz : Vintage TV - Thursday 29th December : 11.00pm

Mike Read's 80s hit show Pop Quiz has been revamped for this Vintage TV Christmas Special. Toyah, Geno Washington and Paul Young versus Jay Aston, Nick Heyward and Dave Hill. Who will reign supreme?

The 100 Greatest Musicals : More 4 - Saturday 17th December : 12.50pm
The 100 Greatest Musicals : More 4 +1 - Saturday 17th December : 1.50pm

Denise Van Outen kicks off a sumptuous two-part celebration of the great songs and performers from the best classic and contemporary musicals - as voted for by the British public. Toyah appears numerous times talking about various musicals including Breaking Glass, Calamity Jane, Singin' In The Rain, The Sound of Music and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross : Channel 4 - Saturday 17th Dec : 7.00pm
The 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross : More 4 - Christmas Eve : 1.35pm
The 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross : More 4 - New Year's Eve : 5.45pm

Presented by gadget, gizmo and toy collector extraordinaire Jonathan Ross, 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross is a three hour countdown of the nation's favourite toys and games. Includes a very brief rare clip of Toyah at the Rubik's Cube championships in 1981. Also airing on the +1 channels.

The 100 Greatest Musicals : More 4 - Sunday 18th December : 12.50pm
The 100 Greatest Musicals : More 4 +1 - Sunday 18th December : 1.50pm

Denise Van Outen presents the concluding part of this celebration of the great songs and performers from the best classic and contemporary musicals. Originally aired in 2003.

Bargain Hunt Famous Finds : Home - Monday 19th December : 9.00am
Bargain Hunt Famous Finds : Home +1 - Monday 19th December : 10.00am

Toyah Willcox v Kiki Dee. Singers Toyah Willcox and Kiki Dee search for antiques at a fair in Farnham, Surrey, with their finds being sold at auction in Chiswick, London. Toyah is joined by friend John Wain and Kiki is accompanied by Jenny, one of her closest friends.

Tales Of The Unexpected : Sky Arts 2 - Tuesday 20th December : 6.00pm
Tales Of The Unexpected : Sky Arts 2 - Wednesday 21st December : 0.00am

Blue Marigold. Series 5, episode 1. Dropped by her agency for her diva-like behaviour, supermodel Marigold's mental health deteriorates. Years later, she plots a comeback. Director: Giles Foster. Starring: Toyah Willcox, Ralph Bates, Sharon Duce, Helen Fraser, Billy Hamon, Edward Jewesbury.

Steve Lamacq : BBC Radio 6 Music - Wednesday 21st December : 4.00pm
Toyah Willcox joins Lammo for Panto Good Day Bad Day. Plus he plays some of the best new music around as well as some interesting selections from his home collection.

Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee : Comedy Central Extra - Thursday 29th December : 2.50am
Olivia Lee stars in this hidden camera sketch show. New and made exclusively for Comedy Central. Deaf Bubba makes a mess of things at the marina and Elaine Caine meets Toyah Willcox.

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip : BBC HD - Friday 30th December : 6.00pm
Episode 4. Tony Blackburn and Toyah Willcox start their journey in the historic town of York.

 
Toyah @ Christmas: Happy Xmas From The Stars 06 December, 2011
At Christmas 1982 'Smash Hits' magazine gifted its readers with their Happy Christmas From The Stars flexi-disc.

A large guest list of pop stars sent seasonal greetings to readers, including a pretend squiffy Toyah - with her unique recipe for "shampoo". Click below to listen - Toyah arrives at 4.46, inbetween Martin Fry of ABC and Steve Strange of Visage. Too-de-loo!

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Harpendia: Over 10,000 Attend The Christmas Carnival 06 December, 2011
Toyah is on the cover of the latest issue of 'Harpendia', Harpenden's online magazine and video channel, pictured with Mike Weaver, Harpenden's Mayor.

Above average weather ensured a record attendance on Sunday afternoon (Nov 27th) and early evening. The whole town centre was packed with people enjoying all the events that had been organised by the Christmas Carnival Group, including the Town Centre Council and several sponsors.

The 'Lights Switch On' ceremony by the Town Mayor, Toyah Willcox and the Christmas poster competition winner concluded a fantastic event which will be remembered by everyone.

• Visit the 'Harpendia' website
here. View their online magazine here. View further details about Toyah's St Albans panto, Snow White, here.
 
Official Toyah: Christmas/December 2011 Blog 05 December, 2011
Toyah's Christmas/December 2011 Blog is now online at toyahwillcox.com. I'm sure everyone will join me in wishing our favourite workaholic a wonderful Christmas time and a successful 2012. Thanks to Toyah for yet another amazingly busy year of music, entertainment and fun!

 
Toyah's Vintage Christmas: More Airings 05 December, 2011
Over the next couple of weeks, in the lead up to Christmas, there's now more opportunities to catch Toyah's three hour Christmas spectacular on 'Vintage TV'.

Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Thursday 8th December : 9.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Saturday 10th December : 7.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Saturday 17th December : 00.15am
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Monday 19th December : 11.00am
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Tuesday 20th December : 8.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Wednesday 21st December : 2.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Friday 23rd December : 2.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Christmas Eve : 11.00am
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Christmas Eve : 7.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Christmas Day : 2.00pm
Toyah's Vintage Christmas : Vintage TV - Christmas Day : 8.30pm

Snuggle down by the fire with the family as punk princess, Toyah Willcox, introduces 30 of the finest Christmas videos of the 20th Century, sprinkled with a generous handful of fun festive facts.
 
Watford Observer: Panto Round Up 2011 05 December, 2011
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Rock around the Christmas tree at The Alban Arena as pop icon Toyah Willcox heads up a star-studded cast as the Wicked Queen. Children’s favourite Phil Gallagher (CBeebies’ Mister Maker) plays The Jester and funnyman Bob Golding (from the Olivier Award winning play Morecambe) is The Henchman. Actress Jemma Carlisle takes the role of pure-hearted princess Snow White with David McGranaghan as The Prince.

Details: The Alban Arena, St Albans. Dec 9-Jan 1. 01727 844488, www.alban-arena.co.uk
 
Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2011 05 December, 2011
Video footage of last week's 'Harpenden Christmas Carnival' has been uploaded to 'You Tube'. This includes a brief interview with Toyah, talking about Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. View here, Toyah appears approximately 11 minutes in. (Thanks to Paul Lomas)

 
Birmingham Music Heritage: Untold Stories 05 December, 2011
The full Untold Stories documentary from 'Birmingham Music Heritage' is now available to watch at 'You Tube'. Visit the channel here. Toyah's main interview is on Part Six. View more Toyah interview footage, at the BMH website, here. (Thanks to Paul Lomas)

 
The Magical Times: Toyah Speaks About Fairies! 02 December, 2011
Toyah is the cover star of the Winter issue (Number 10) of 'The Magical Times' magazine. Inside features an exclusive 'fairytale' interview with the 80's Punk Princess herself!

The pages of issue 10 are set to shine a splash of
colour and a magical sparkle to your winter season...!


Inside this edition we present an exclusive interview with 80's punk princess Toyah Willcox, who shares with us her spiritual experiences and why she believes that fairies do exist!

Kyle Gray writes about Angels and Ascension, Kit Berry speaks about her journey to Stonewylde and Laura Daligan explains to us how we can welcome the goddess Aphrodite's loving energies into our everyday life.

Our natural health contributors share some excellent tips and remedies to help you feel refreshed and energised throughout the winter and Sally Morningstar talks about nuts. We take a peek at the new clothing label 'Legendary' by Marcie Ford and Craig Sackett of 'Celtic Moon' presents an exclusive interview with director of the soon to be released movie ' The Spirit of Albion'.

Alongside our many in depth articles, we present artist features, music, news, reviews, horoscopes and lots more to be revealed inside!

• Full details on how to order this issue, or subscribe to 'The Magical Times',
here.
 
Daybreak: Screen Caps/Watch at ITV Player 02 December, 2011
A few caps of Toyah guesting on yesterday's Daybreak on ITV1. Please click on these for larger versions. UK folks can watch the full edition of Daybreak over at ITV Player for the next week or so.

 
Toyah on TV: The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments 02 December, 2011
Welcome to December! This is shown earlier by the year. The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments has aired each & every festive season since it was first recorded in 2004. This year is no exception.

Toyah reminisces about Pop Goes Christmas from 1982: "Pop Goes Christmas was a Christmas special with all the favourite, current, pop artists. And they are such homely pop artists. You've got Shakin' Stevens. There's David Essex... Why they had me I really do not know. I come out like a little gremlin, who just suddenly appears, looks like no one else... Black contact lenses, that are larger than my pupils, so I look like I'm on speed! Everyone on the show got to do two songs. Everyone got to perform their current hit and then chose a Christmas song to do."

A clip of Toyah's 'I Believe In Father Christmas' performance from Pop Goes Christmas is shown.

The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments : More4 - Saturday 3rd December : 11.40am
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments : More4 +1 - Saturday 3rd December : 12.40pm

Jimmy Carr reveals the greatest Christmas moment of all time.

 
Burnham Advertiser: Let's Rock The Moor 02 December, 2011
This article, from yesterday's 'Burnham Advertiser', has Toyah possibly performing at next year's "Let's Rock The Moor" in Cookham, Berkshire.

The concert could attract up to 6,500 people if organisers are granted a licence to move it to Marsh Meadow. A decision will be made on Monday.

This summer's sell-out event saw 4,500 revellers pack on to Cookham Moor to see Rick Astley, T'Pau, Curiosity Killed the Cat, and the Real Thing, raising thousands for charity.

• Read the full article, at the 'Burnham Advertiser' website,
here.
 

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